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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2361

W. Cameron Forbes collection of family and historical documents


Forbes family materials and historical documents collected by the American businessman and ambassador W. Cameron Forbes.


  • Creation: circa 1680-1900

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection is an assortment of Forbes family letters and historical documents collected over the years. Also includes two signed autograph poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Biographical / Historical

Forbes was an American business and government executive. He served as governor-general of the Philippines, 1909-1913, and ambassador to Japan, 1930-1932.


Arranged alphabetically by name.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

50M-454-50M-539. Gift of W. Cameron Forbes, Esq., 614 Sears Building, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1951.

Forbes, W. Cameron (William Cameron), 1870-1959, collector. W. Cameron Forbes collection of family and historical documents, circa 1680-1900: Guide.
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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